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The Watch Towers of Kaiping 3 Day Tours Departing 9 Dec

In China & Hong Kong Tours on 2011/05/05 at 2:26 pm

Concorde Travel proudly present two group departure tours to a fantastic area in China called Kaiping this July and December, so mark your calendar! The area is full of exotic buildings that truly embrace the idea of when East meets West. Diaolous(watch towers) were built in great number during 1920’s and 1930’s, but the earliest built and still standing diaolou dated as far back as in the Ming Dynasty, about 460 years ago. Our tours will be led by a scholar, Ms Selia Tan, the lady who was behind the sites gaining accreditation as a UNESCO world heritage site in 2007. To join the tour, or simply ask for extra information, send an email to us, we’ll reply promptly.

Pictures from Kaiping by Concorde Travel’s Director Graham Elsom:

Kaiping Li Garden

Kaiping Li Garden

Majianglong Village, World Cultural Heritage Site

Majianglong Village, World Cultural Heritage Site

View from a Kaiping Diaolou

View from a Kaiping Diaolou

Various Diaolous

Various Diaolous in Kaiping, since they are scattered in big area, Concorde Travel gets you private transfer and a guide for a full appreciation of this heritage site.

Wave at your friends atop a diaolou

Wave at your friends atop a diaolou

Nice Garden in Kaiping

Nice Garden in Kaiping

Diaolou Deco

Diaolou Deco

The Oldest Diaolou

The Oldest Diaolou

The People, Kaiping

The People, Kaiping

Township

Township


 

Day 1  Hong Kong to Kaiping by ferry

Met on arrival at the Ferry Pier and transfer to Kaiping. On arrival check into hotel.

Rest of day at leisure.

Hotel: Pan Tower International Hotel

 

 

Day 2     Kaiping – Chikan – Majianglong – Zili – Kaiping

Visit Chikan town, established more than 350 years ago.

A typical town, representative of the booming economy of the 1920’s and ‘30’s, when Chikan evolved from being a country market-place into the business centre of Kaiping. Time will be spent in Chikan and will include a one hour walk from the Szeto Clan section of the town to the Kwan Clan section.

Continue to Majianglong Village, a World Cultural Heritage Site. Stroll through the bamboo forest and see some of the seven diaolou and eight villas that were constructed in the early 20th century. Many of the villagers emigrated to the United States, Canada, Mexico and Australia. This is a very quiet and beautiful environment and two of the villas, which are open to the public, retain their original furniture from prior to the Cultural Revolution.

Arrive at beautiful Zili Village for lunch.’ Another World Cultural Heritage Site. This is a particularly beautiful place with numerous “diaolou” in a rural setting of ponds and pathways. It is wonderful to merely stroll around at this location. It is especially photogenic. Zili Village is very popular with painters.

There is a particularly good history exhibition here, which provides a background to the Kaiping “diaolou”. In addition, there are four “house museums” open to the public.

Day 3       KaipingSanmenliJinjiangli Canada VillageKaiping – Hong Kong   

At Sanmenli Village, another World Cultural Heritage Site, visit the oldest existing “diaolou”. It was built during the Ming Dynasty, 460 years ago.

Continue to Jinjianli Village, also a World Cultural Heritage Site, to see several of the most ornate and impressive “diaolou” in Kaiping. Stroll along the narrow alleyways, between the ancient buildings and admire expansive views over the countryside from the upper floors.

Next, visit Canada Village, an abandoned village which tells the saga of Chinese emigrants in Canada.

After lunch in Kaiping, visit the Fengcai Hall.

Fengcai Hall is a striking building and Ancestral Hall of the Yee Clan.It was constructed between 1906 and 1914 and is now part of a school. It is an unusual melding of traditional Chinese architecture with numerous Western influences.

Transfer to Zhongshan Ferry Pier.

Return to Hong Kong aboard high speed ferry.

 

A small donation to the “Friends of Diaolou”, the organization which was involved in the establishment of Kaiping as a Unesco World Cultural Heritage Site, will be included in the cost of this tour.

 

Tour Price :    Based on 10-14 pax travelling together.
At HKD1,985.00 per person in Twin Sharing.
Single Supplement at HKD450.00 per person.
Tour Price :    Based on 15-19 pax travelling together.
At HKD1,855.00 per person in Twin Sharing.
Single Supplement at HKD450. 00 per person.
Tour Price :    Based on 20 pax up travelling together.
At HKD1,755.00 per person in Twin Sharing.
Single Supplement at HKD450.00 per person.
Tour price includes :
– 2 nights accommodation with daily breakfast in standard room at the Pan Tower International Hotel.
–  Private transfers & sightseeing tours inclusive of entrance fees with English speaking guide as indicated in the itinerary.
–  One dinner on Day 01, one lunch + one dinner on Day 02, one lunch on Day 03.  Total 4 meals served at local Chinese restaurant.
–  Ferry tickets Hong Kong / Zhongshan / Hong Kong in economy class.
Tour price excludes :
–  China Visa.
–  Any other items or services not mentioned in the itinerary.
–  All personal expenses.
–  Insurance & gratuities to driver and guide
For enquiries, simply send us an email !
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